| CHINA

Police took the bishop of Xinxiang into custody on 21 May 2021, holding him without charges or trial at an unknown location in violation of Chinese law. Two family members saw him for a few minutes during Lunar New Year celebrations. Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s Card Zen risks being silenced.


Shagufta Kiran was arrested in July last year for allegedly spreading blasphemous content on WhatsApp. She goes to court next Monday. Meanwhile, her husband and her children express their pain.

| 19/05/2022
| PAKISTAN
by Nirmala Carvalho

Hindu nationalists target a shrine in the diocese of Guntur falsely claiming that a cross was erected at the site of a Hindu idol. However, local police refuted the assertion, noting that the Hindu site is on a different hillock. Following the incident, local Catholics held a peaceful protest, supported by people from other religions.

| 19/05/2022
| INDIA

COVID-19’s economic impact aggravated a trend created by China’s infamous one-child policy. Intermediaries earn US$ 20,000 to US$ 40,000 per marriage. Women and girls enticed with a promise of work often complain that they end up married in violent or dangerous environments.

| 19/05/2022
| CAMBODIA – CHINA

As experts feared, Erdogan’s decision to repurpose the building might lead UNESCO to reconsider its world heritage status. Those in charge of the building have minimised the incident in which the “Imperial Door” was vandalised. Without proper precautions, the dome might collapse on worshippers by mid-century.

| 19/05/2022
| TURKEY
by Mathias Hariyadi

Police also seized machetes and air rifles. The suspected criminals are part of the East Indonesian Mujahideen and are mostly from Poso, a city that has been at the center of sectarian violence for years.

| 19/05/2022
| INDONESIA
by Arundathie Abeysinghe

With the Rajapaksas in power, Beijing financed infrastructure projects that were often unnecessary and overpriced. The port and airport in Hambantota district are the most striking examples. China holds 10 percent of Colombo's external debt, like Japan, but at much higher interest rates.

 

 

| 19/05/2022
| RED LANTERNS
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